Today’s Moment of Submission is: Forgiveness
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt mistreated? I believe we all have experienced some form of mistreatment by others or even ourselves. Maybe it was a co-worker, a family member, a societal community, governmental agencies, the justice system. I know I’ve experienced some form of mistreatment from each of these areas. I used to harbor unhealthy emotions and build bullet proof grudges against the very people that hurt me. I would put up walls and barriers around my heart to protect myself, thinking that this would somehow “fix” the problem. But what I found was that this only hurt ME. You see, I was putting boundaries on myself not others. I was allowing the fear of the pain, rejection or whatever they had done to crimple me into a state of paralysis of my mind, character, and personality. My uniqueness was in a state of paralysis. One thing this world does a great job of teaching us, is how to “remove ourselves” from situations, people, things that don’t benefit us. What is taught is a method of elimination of trauma that does not promote a healthy outcome. You see, if you’re like me, you have a lot of questions about the “why” of this trauma, and not so much this “quick fix” of elimination. It’s easy to say “I’ll just remove myself” but this mere action does not truly remove you from it. When I experienced mistreatment, it would resonate with me for days, months, years. I mean just the mere thought of what happened would send me into emotional bouts of anger, sadness, then anger again, depending on what happened. I would begin to rationalize my part, second guess how I handled it and even begin to doubt my ability in decision making. This is the part that society does not mention.
But, can I tell you this is how the enemy fights? The Bible say the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And as terrible as that sounds, that is not the end of the sentence. At the end of the sentence is a promise. God’s promise to us is “But I come that you have life and that you have it more abundantly”. Though the weapons form against us and may come as mistreatment or trauma, God has promised us an abundant life. And the way we receive that abundance is by forgiving those who trespass against us. We cannot live a life pleasing to God without forgiving those who have wronged us.
In my prayer time with God, He led me to Isaiah 25:3, where it says, “Therefore the strong people will glorify You; The city of the [a] terrible nations will revere You.” I would be remiss if I said that this scripture did not settle in me, but it did. I love to read multiple versions of Scripture because I feel that God provides deeper clarity as the words are broken down almost to layman’s terms. So, I went on to read the Scripture in the Message version and it read, “Superpowers will see it and honor you, brutal oppressors bow in worshipful reverence.
The word revere is what stood out to me.
Revere: H3707- yare, verb; to be afraid, to be frightened, to revere, respect, to be awesome, to be dreadful, be feared, in some context fear relates to terror and fright, in other contexts fear relates to honor, respect, and awe, as in the fear of the Lord.Strong, James. The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Red letter ed. Thomas Nelson, 2010.
Brutal oppressors bow in worshipful reverence (fear (honor, respect, & awe) of the name of the Lord.)Isaiah 25:3 MSG
As hard as it may be, God requires us to forgive others, to receive an abundant life. God doesn’t require us to do anything that He has not done. I mean he literally sent His only Son, and I do mean only Son. I mean can you imagine sending your only child to go and die for sins that they did not commit. Yet, that is exactly what He did for us. Jesus came into this world blameless, with an assignment with YOU in mind. He has experienced everything that we experience here on Earth, including mistreatment, trauma, and wrongdoing. Yet, he still forgave.
In Isaiah 25:3, it says “the strong people will glorify You.” In the Message version, it translates as superpowers. You are the strong people. You. Your superpower is forgiveness. That’s a superpower that was given to us. Jesus exhibited this power, even on the Cross while dying for you and me.
If Jesus can do that, then I have no doubt that you can too.
God’s promises are one that we can take to the bank and cash them. He promises us that what they did to you will not go unpunished. He says in Isaiah 25:3, that even the brutal oppressors bow in fear of the Lord. He promises you in Psalm 35:1, that He will contend with those who contend with you; that He will fight against those who fight against you.”
God says “fret not because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Glory to God! I don’t know about you, but that’s a check I want to cash.
I know some of you may be saying,” But, you don’t know what they did to me, Jess” & you’re right I don’t. But I do know who does—God. & Yet, He still is asking you to forgive.
My daughter, forgive.
My son, forgive.
He didn’t say forget, he said forgive.
You see, forgiveness releases us from the chains of bondage. Bondage keeps us performing the same behaviors again and again. Forgiveness is the freedom to be alive in Christ. Can I tell you that I have forgiven my oppressors, but I have not forgotten what they did to me? This is normal. But when I chose to forgive them, it allowed God the opportunity to perform His promise to me. I truly believe He will do the same for you. You just have trust that God is faithful to perform and give Him the opportunity.
He is God and He can do everything but fail.
So, I want to challenge you today, ask God who do you need to forgive… and forgive them. God is waiting to show you that He is a faithful Father. Will you let him?
NOW, LET’S PRAY.
A Prayer for forgiveness:
God, I thank You for Your Promises to fight our battles for us. I thank you that you sent Your Son, Jesus to give us an example of how we are to forgive. Even as Jesus was being crucified, he begged for forgiveness on behalf of others. Father, we know You to be a good, good father who are concerned about all of Your children. Help us to forgive those that have caused us pain, some unbearable pain. Help us to forgive those that we feel have gotten away with it. Father, we trust you to make every wrong thing right. We trust you to perform on our behalf as we are obedient in forgiveness. You are the Great Defender, Lord. Strengthen us, God, as we forgive. We love you, Lord.
A Prayer for Salvation:
If you’ve gotten this far, and you wondering who is this God that she keeps referencing. I want to let you know that you have been led here by God’s divine order. If this message resonated with you and you would like to know this Jesus that I speak about, this is an opportunity for you to meet my Jesus. Let me just let you know, that you don’t have to have it all together. Jesus says come as you are, and He will do the refining.
The Bible tells us that if we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you are saved. If you want to give your life to Christ, then make this declaration:
It’s me. I repent of my sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is Lord. I believe He lived, died, and rose again just for me. Now Holy Spirit come into my heart. Transform me in you. Amen.
If you’ve made this declaration, I want to welcome you into the Kingdom of God. Your name has been written in the Book of Life. I rejoice over your salvation, but most importantly the Heavens are rejoicing for your salvation. You have made the best decision that you will ever make. God is so proud of and so am I.
If you gave your life to Christ today, I want to partner with you. I want to walk this life out with you and be here for you. Please leave your information in the contact form below. I would like to provide some resources to you and partner with you in the name of the Lord.
Until next time,